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Our Staff

Our staff is made up of a committed team working in counselling, public education, client care, outreach, police and court support, volunteer management, communications, and administration. To reach any of these departments or for someone specific, please contact our general office line at 780.423.4102.

Our Volunteers

SACE is grateful to have over 80 volunteers on our support and information line, as well as volunteers who help with fundraising, administrative support, and special projects.

Our Board

Devin Laforce
Chair

Devin has been a police officer since 1999, and currently he is the Superintendent of the Investigative Support Division with the Edmonton Police Service (EPS). During his career he has worked in a variety of areas such as patrol, crime scenes investigation, criminal investigations, and organizational management. In these areas, Devin has completed several large-scale transformational projects that continue to modernize the EPS.

Devin Laforce

Part of this history included working as both a detective and staff sergeant in charge of the Sexual Assault Section. In these roles he became knowledgeable about the complexity and challenges with these crimes, and wanted to ensure police investigations were considerate of victim healing and wellness. This is also where he became first involved in the work of the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE).

Devin was born and raised in Edmonton and is proud to call this City his home. Devin’s family life keeps him involved with further volunteerism in sports teams, scouts, and other community activities.

Barbara van Ingen
Vice Chair

Dr. Barbara van Ingen is the Vice-President Student Life and Learning at Concordia University of Edmonton. She is a Counselling Psychologist, registered with the College of Alberta Psychologists and a member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta since 2003.

Dr. van Ingen researched post-traumatic stress disorder, cyberbullying, and as the co-chair of Concordia’s Interdisciplinary Research Cluster on Wellness, is currently researching university student wellness. In 2016, Dr. van Ingen was trained in the Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act (EAAA) Sexual Assault Resistance Education Program, and regularly facilitates this 12-hour small group, empirically based intervention at Concordia.

Barbara Van Ingen
Jennifer Forsyth
Treasurer

Jennifer Forsyth is the Chief Operating Officer of the law firm McLennan Ross LLP and previously held senior financial roles with ATB Financial, Horton CBI, the Canadian division of CB&I, and Sysco Edmonton, a division of Sysco Corporation.

Jennifer is a Chartered Professional Accountant (Chartered Accountant) and obtained her designation while articling with KPMG in Calgary. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

Jennifer is passionate about building community and spent six years on the Board of YWCA Edmonton, including her last year as President. She is honored to be part of the Board of an organization that provides such valuable services to the community.

Jennifer Forsyth
Deb Manz
Board Secretary

Retired from her role as the CEO of the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors (ACAC), Deb Manz has a strong background in executive management and strategic leadership. In this role she was recognized both nationally and internationally as a leader. An MBA from the University of Alberta with a specialization in human resources and organizational development complements a variety of private and public sector positions as well as consulting roles past and current. Past positions include President of the Better Business Bureau of Edmonton and Northern Alberta; Vice President, WCB Alberta and Director of HR, Finance and Administration for the City of Leduc.

Deb Manz

Deb’s community involvement includes 11 years with the board of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation (including Chair for three years), former Vice Chair and board member of the Telus World of Science Edmonton as well as Habitat for Humanity Edmonton.  Deb currently sits on the boards of SACE and the Mental Health Foundation, and serves as a public member on the board of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.  Deb is also a member and Vice Chair of the Senate of the University of Alberta as well as a member at large on the U of A Alumni Council.

Michelle Fong

Michelle Fong is currently an Associate at a regional law firm with a focus on tax, wills & estates, and corporate law. Prior to going into law, she obtained her Bachelor of Commerce, majored in accounting. During her undergraduate degree, she spent a co-op work term with a national firm and since then has worked for both small and mid-sized accounting firms and law firms. In her work and in her volunteerism, she draws on this range of experience, especially the ability to “speak” in both financial terms and legal terms.

Michelle Fong

Having been born and raised in Edmonton, she is passionate about organizations and initiatives that make the community a stronger and safer place. In all her volunteering positions, she believes that offering the right space, support and compassion is key to building a better community. She is involved with the Friends of University Hospitals, Arts and Culture Council of Strathcona County, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, and an annual Low Income Tax Clinic program.

Outside of work and volunteering, Michelle loves to eat and travel. When at home, she is regularly trying new recipes and restaurants and, when abroad, she is always exploring new cuisines.

Jodi Goebel

Jodi works at the City of Edmonton where she is currently leading the implementation of the City’s 25-Year Waste Strategy.  Prior to joining the City, Jodi worked overseas as a business development and marketing professional with a number of technology companies, and in rural Alberta as the Manager of a Regional Economic Development Alliance.

Jodi Goebel

Jodi is also an avid volunteer with a passion for women’s issues and a deep interest in board governance.  She spent a number of years as an instructor with the Province of Alberta’s Board Development Program, is the past Co-Chair of Edmonton’s NextGen, and most recently co-founded a new organization that provides practical guidance for young women in the workplace through an event series called “What I Wish I Knew”.

Jodi completed a Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the University of Alberta, majoring in Business Economics and Business Law.

Keltie Gower

Keltie has been an Instructor at MacEwan University for the past nine years teaching marketing, organizational behavior, and sustainable business.  She is currently working with the Edmonton Regional Innovation Network to lead cohesion and collaboration around entrepreneurship among Edmonton post-secondary institutions and in addition to work she is in the process of finishing a Masters of Arts focusing on Social Enterprises.  Keltie is passionate about sustainability, creating business for the greater good, giving back to the community, and mentorship.

Keltie Gower

Keltie also loves to travel, having already visited six of the seven continents.

Kasey Machin

As Community Liaison and Policy Advisor to Ward 1 Edmonton City Councillor, Kasey leverages an in-depth understanding of policy-making to identify challenges, find opportunities and recommend innovative solutions.  Working closely with stakeholders to gather knowledge and build consensus, she manages the development and implementation of policy objectives in order to advance targeted initiatives based on evidence and best practice.

Kasey Machin

Kasey has sat on numerous boards and committees including Vice-Chair of Equal Voice Alberta North for several years before co-founding Parity YEG- a bold, grassroots, multi-partisan organization that aims to change culture by empowering women to take leadership roles in public service. With over 20 years volunteer experience within her local community, Kasey tackles challenges through committee involvement, advocacy and education. Her passion for her community and the people who call Edmonton home are what motivates her to make the city she loves a more equitable place for all.

Vivian Mills

Vivian Mills currently works for Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE) as the Applications Coordinator in the Information Technology (IT) Services department. She has more than 25 years of IT industry experience and has a number of certifications to her credit. Vivian is also working to complete her Masters degree in Information Systems Security Management (MISSM) from CUE.

In her personal life Vivian is married to her loving partner of 18 years and together they have two children and one dog, who believes she is the third kid. In her spare time Vivian loves to cook, make pickles, read, and – when possible – travel. She also recently completed 7 years as a Scouter, but is taking a break for now so she can focus on her schooling.

Vivian Mills

Vivian is honoured to volunteer her time as a board member of SACE. She hopes her contributions help make a difference to everyone served by this organization.

Greg Olson

Greg works in Business Development for KBL Environmental, he is an expert in negotiation, business planning and customer acquisition. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta with a major in Psychology, and has over a decade of experience helping companies grow and thrive. Greg is passionate about the work that SACE does, believes that everybody deserves to be heard, believed, and supported. Greg is also passionate about the circular economy, sustainability, community development, and amateur sports.

Prior to joining the SACE board of directors, Greg served as a volunteer in various community associations and sporting clubs across Western Canada, and has continued his education through the Institute of Corporate Directors, the University of Alberta Executive School of Business, and various other endeavors. He is excited to make an impact in the community where he works with his loving wife to raise their two young children. When not working or volunteering, he can be found cycling, in his woodshop tinkering on projects, or out playing with his kids.

Greg Olson
Margot Ross-Graham

Margot is the founder and owner of Sandbar Coaching and Consulting based in Edmonton, Alberta. Through Sandbar, Margot is a highly experienced business coach, strategic planning facilitator and most notably, a business ethnographer. In her role as a business ethnographer, Margot is an objective outsider who immerses herself into the heart of an organization. Using job shadowing, in-person interviews, conversations and coaching, Margot checks the pulse of an organization, finds out what makes it tick, and helps it overcome its own sandbars or obstacles that get in the way of progress.

Margot Ross Graham

Prior to starting her own company, Margot held many senior executive roles with small and medium sized Alberta companies, and has demonstrated experience in leading change and process improvement initiatives. Margot is a Certified Executive Coach and specializes in human resources, leadership, integration and organizational development.

Margot immerses herself in her community in the same way she immerses herself into a client’s business. In addition to being on the Board of SACE,  Margot is a Governor of the University of Alberta Board of Governors, a member of the University of Alberta Senate past president of the Edmonton Glenora Rotary Club and served on the Board of Travel Alberta.

Johnathan Taves

Jonathan is a born and raised Edmontonian who has been engaged in politics much of his adult life, in particular on the municipal level. Currently he works in communications, report writing and policy for the City of Edmonton, where he has been since 2012, with the exception of a year away working in market research consulting.

 

Jon has been a volunteer on a number of election campaigns, and during university, he was the news editor for the student newspaper. During his spare time, Jon follows the Oilers, enjoys being active by cycling and swimming, as well as visiting the mountains and getting outside with his dog, Rook.

Jonathan Taves

Jon is interested in the work of SACE because of the pervasiveness of harmful attitudes and behaviours surrounding the issue of sexual assault. He believes that everyone has a part to play in the change that is required, and community engagement beyond just the perpetrators is necessary.

Advisory Members

Terrie Affolder

Terrie Affolder has been a Police Officer with the Edmonton Police Service for just over 24 years and is currently the Staff Sergeant in charge of the Sexual Assault Section. As a constable, she started in the South Division Patrol. From there, she moved into other positions, including undercover with the South Street Team, Recruit and Selection Unit, and in the Detainee Management Unit. Terrie was then promoted to Sergeant in the Information Management Approval Centre. Terrie then worked as a Detective in both Child Protection and the Homicide Unit.  In 2019, she was promoted into the Sexual Assault Section.

In her spare time, Terrie loves to participate in as many sporting activities as possible, including skiing, soccer, yoga, paddle boarding, and hiking. With any other free time, Terrie loves to travel.

Danielle Green

Danielle Green earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of British Columbia in 2001.  She received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta in 2005.  Danielle is originally from British Columbia and returned there for her Articles between 2005 and 2006 at a civil litigation firm.  In September, 2006, she returned to Edmonton and began working with Edmonton Prosecutions.

Since becoming a Crown Prosecutor, Danielle’s main areas of practice have been in the area of intimate partner violence, sexual assaults, and child abuse, and she has prosecuted extensively in these areas over the past 13 years.  Over the last few years, Danielle has also had the opportunity to provide training and instruction to her fellow Crown Prosecutors, volunteers with Victim Services and Child Advocacy Centres, and members of various police agencies.  In doing so, she has had the privilege to work closely together with various stakeholders in the Criminal Justice System, including the Zebra Child Protection Centre.

In December, 2015, Danielle became an Assistant Chief Crown Prosecutor.  While continuing to prosecute a volume of serious files, including homicides, child abuse, and intimate partner violence, Danielle is also responsible for directly supervising a number of prosecutors and overseeing several portfolios within Edmonton Prosecutions, including Child Protection, High Risk Offenders, and Education.

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